In August 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set off from Melbourne on their fateful journey across rugged terrain, an expedition which would soon become part of Australian folklore. A lesser-known story, which occurred in the same year, was the establishment of Victoria’s oldest winery still going strong today – Tahbilk.
Overlooking the iconic Goulburn River and Wetlands area, Tahbilk continues to take our breath away with its beautiful gardens and nineteenth century infrastructure. Aside from its aesthetic beauty, this historic winery is home to the world’s largest plantings of Marsanne and some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines.
A short trip north from Melbourne to Nagambie Lakes will be welcomed with open arms by the Purbrick family, who have owned and operated Tahbilk for 5 generations. Proud producers of both premium white and red wines, a visit to the estate has something for everyone. Their signature varieties include:
Whites: Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Verhelho, Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier.
Reds: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc.
To fully appreciate the quality of local produce at Tahbilk, the team has specifically curated a range of experiences that set the scene of a perfect day out in the Wetlands. The Winemaker’s Secret Art experience centers around the craft of blending, subscribing to the motto that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” As you are guided through the estate by a Wine Ambassador, this theory will ring true as you create your own blend. A take away bottle of your own creation is the perfect souvenir to share with someone special.
What better way to spend the day in the beautiful surrounds of Nagambie Lakes than with a three course lunch created with the finest local produce and matched perfectly with current and mature wines. Tahbilk’s Lunch, Wine & Wetlands Views experience provides this and more, as you are taken on a guided tour through the wetlands trial to fully appreciate the ecology from which your wine and dine experience originated.
To combine the elements of the Winemaker’s Secret Art and Lunch, Wine & Wetland Views experience, plus a whole lot more, spend A Day At Tahbilk. Kicking off with a personally guided tour through the estate to learn more about Tahbilk’s history and winemaking practices, you then have the chance to create your own blend with your Wine Ambassador and take home your hard work. Winemaking works up an appetite, so a two-course lunch curated with the finest local produce in the Wetlands Café is sure to satisfy. Finish off the day with a Wetlands Ecology tour, the perfect way to capture the beauty of the Nagambie Lakes region and the hard work to protect the area’s flora and fauna.
Visiting Tahbilk – More Information
Best time to visit
Between September and April when the vines are in leaf.
An easy 1.5 hr drive from Melbourne. Head north on the Hume Freeway (M31).
Take the Shepparton / Nagambie exit onto Goulburn Valley Freeway (M39) and after 15km take the Nagambie turnoff and follow signs to Tahbilk.
For more information on transfer options click here.
Address: 254 O'Neils Road, Tahbilk 3608